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by on July 24, 2014 |

riu palace paradise islandI just returned from a wonderful vacation at the Riu Palace Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Paradise Island and Cable Beach have wonderful turquoise water and white sandy beaches! The Riu is located right next to the Atlantis and you can access the Atlantis 100 yards from the Riu Lobby.

The Riu Palace is a high rise building with wonderful ocean views. I had an oceanfront room with a huge balcony and an amazing view. The room was big and the bed was very comfortable. Our mini bar was
stocked daily and the maids were in early each day to clean and get us fresh towels.

The pool at the Riu is a little on the small side but they keep it very clean and it did have plenty of chairs. You do need to get out early if you want to reserve the best chairs. If you’re a beach lover this hotel sits on an amazing stretch of white sandy beach and the water is as pretty as I have ever seen! You do need to deal with the vendors but we all need to make a living and a simple no Thank you would send them on their way.

riu palace paradise island 2I really enjoyed the buffets. The servers were excellent and for dinner they had a different theme each night. We dined at three of the Ala Carte restaurants and Krystal was our favorite. Kevin was our waiter and the
food matched the amazing service! The 24 hour sports bar has snacks all day and night and they also offer 24 hour room service.

The entertainment team was super and we enjoyed the daily activities as well as the evening shows. We spent our days on the amazing beach or out snorkeling and sight seeing. Stuarts Cove is great for all snorkeling, snuba, scuba and more. This is one of the few dive shops that offer shark feeding trips. In the evening time you can enjoy the great show at
the Riu or head over to the Atlantis for the night.

This is not the best of the Riu Palace hotels but it is one of the few All Inclusive hotels in Nassau and by far the best All Inclusive on Paradise Island. The Bahamas is beautiful and the Riu has a marvelous location and a wonderful staff.
Call me today and I can help with your next Bahamian Vacation !


by on July 22, 2014 |


First of all, when you see a Hyatt “Ziva” Resort, that is their label for family friendly. When you see Hyatt “Zilara” Resort, that is their adult only brand (such as the old “The Royal in Cancun”). Hyatt has purchased the Dreams Cancun resort and are renovating it now (opening in 2015) as well as they have purchased the Ritz Carlton Rose Hall in Montego Bay and are renovating and adding on to it and should open later this year they said, November 2014. The Hyatt Ziva / Zilara in Rose Hall will have both an adult only wing and then a family wing, thus the two names. They also have the old Dreams Puerto Vallarta and are planning a big renovation there, may open later this year as well.

For me, the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos was a fantastic resort! Big pool area, large enough to get away from the swim up bar and had an infinity pool area as well as a separate activities pool. The food was very good each time I ate there, especially the breakfast. The beach was very large, didn’t use it but looked amazing and yes the waves were high! The resort is located IN San Jose, right across the street there is a dolphin pool excursion and you could literally walk to the bars if you wanted or take a 5 minute taxi ride. You could also walk to the “Mega Mart” if you needed any supplies such as sun screen, batteries, new shorts lol or whatever.


The room was great! It had the large Mexican style tiles (not marble), jacuzzi, double sinks and good size balcony. Most all rooms will have an ocean view. They do have the adult only pool with pool bar in the Premium Section that was a nice quiet relief but it sits behind buildings so no ocean view room. The restaurants were decorated just like every where else, all of which were air conditioned except for one which was down by the ocean. Night life, they have a sports bar with AC and karaoke nights that they are planning on renovating soon plus they have a nice upscale coffee/drink bar right off the lobby, can’t remember what is was called or how late it was open but that’s where we had our meeting with Mike Going from Funjet. They also have a full Martini Bar, 7 total pools and nightly entertainment at the “Grand Theatre.”

Overall, I think this resort is just as nice as the Dreams but I don’t think you are going to see Hyatt Resorts like this available with Apple Vacations going forward. I have no fear recommending this resort as a “6G Apple” if I were rating hotels. I think this resort gives you the best “5 Star” Family vacation in San Jose Del Cabo and for just adults traveling, no reason not to go there. It did not feel all family, it could be good for anyone I truly believe.

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